Can we all just take a moment and acknowledge the zen firework that we all feel in our hearts after taking one of Marisa or Mackenzie's restorative or vin/yin classes? Needless to say the bar has been set pretty high when it comes to putting teachers on the schedule to offer these energetically harmonious classes.  That bar was seamlessly met the first time I took one of Bekah Holbrook's classes. 

I first heard Bekah's name when our fellow yogi and friend, Anna Strahs Watts, was in a bind and needed subs for a 9pm and 12am class. Yeah, you read that correctly, 12am.  Since Anna is one of the most helpful and reliable friends and teachers I know, I gladly scooped her 9pm and she informed me her friend Bekah was teaching the 12am class. My very-much-a-morning-person brain immediately thought, who is this super hero, Bekah?! I soon learned of and got to experience Bekah's unique ability to combine alignment based instruction with a consistent focus on presence and body/spacial awareness. I'm thrilled she will be sharing and teaching at Humble Haven.  Come practice with her on Wednesday evenings in Vin/Yin 8-9pm and read more about her below. 

What is your favorite style of class to teach and why? 

I love teaching alignment-based restorative classes. We rarely take the time to slow down and tune in and I love that restorative classes give people the tools to calm the nervous system, quiet the mind and gently and safely move the body.

What made you want to go beyond just practicing yoga and start teaching? 

I felt this inner tug to start teaching yoga. I remember sharing that feeling with my sister as sort of a secret desire. I went through some major life changes that were really emotionally challenging and thought, now is the time to do this for myself. Teacher training was a two year process of transformation, healing, and learning that self love isn't selfish. I love teaching because it allows me to share the tools yoga has to offer help us live our lives more fully, compassionately, and with love.

If you had to describe your teaching style in 3 words or less, what would you say? 

Calming, mindful, empowering.

What’s your favorite yoga pose? 

I love trikonasana!

What do you like to do around Richmond?

I love spending time on the river with my boyfriend and our two dogs, treating myself to a dirty chai at Blackhand coffee, and playing music with friends.

What’s your favorite food? 

Sweet potato anything.

Tea or Coffee? 

I wish the answer was tea, but it's coffee.

Favorite quote? 

This quote encapsulates what I am trying to do through yoga and mindfulness practices. "Give me a candle of the Spirit, O God, as I go down into the deeps of my being. Show me the hidden things, the creatures of my dreams, the storehouse of forgotten memories and hurts. Take me down to the spring of my life, and tell me my nature and my name. Give me freedom to grow, so that I may become that self, the seed of which You planted in me at my making." -- George Appleton 

Why are you excited to teach at Humble Haven Yoga? 

I'm excited by the opportunity to meet and work with new students and to offer alignment-based vin/yin and mindfulness classes in a hot power studio setting.

What’s your favorite song to practice to? 

I actually prefer to practice in silence! But if I had to choose one it would probably be Om Arya Sumati Dharma Dhara Hūṃ by Osel.